Saturday, January 28, 2023

Stenciled Love Notes - Simon Says Stamp Hugs Release

 Good morning! Stopping by today to share a couple cards I created using some items from the December Kisses Release from Simon Says Stamp - I created a pair of cards! They both use a new stamp set, stencil set, and 3D embossing folder!

I actually used a couple of the stitched rectangles from inside the windows on the cards I shared earlier this week HERE - I saved them for when I needed some panels ready to go, and this was the perfect opportunity to put a couple of them to use.

For both cards, I picked one image on the stencils, and layered up the images in a bright and fresh color combo, and keeping the ink blending nice and soft.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in black over the top of each one.

I messed up and got a bit of ink on one of the corners of the panels, and since I didn't want to redo it, I decided to add a bit of soft inking around the edges. I just used the leftover ink on the brushes from the other ink blending, and added a soft bit around the edges. Mistake fixed!

I used the Spun Glass 3D embossing folder to create a textured background for the cards, then adhered that on my white cardbases.

Finally, I mounted those panels with foam adhesive on my textured backgrounds!

I thought about adding some sparkly bling, but decided I liked these just simple as they were, so I stuck with that. A rare time without added jewels, crystals, glitter drops, or pearls!

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Printmaking Postage - Simon Says Stamp Kisses Release

Good morning! I went a little crazy with a fun new stamp set from the recent Kisses Release from Simon Says Stamp - it was such a fun stamp set to use, and once you've lined up each layer, you may as well stamp multiples in different colors, since it is almost no additional work! I played with all the color combos for this! :)

I did two cards with each color combo. First off, I stamped several with the outline image in black ink. This was where I started for each combo, using the lines on the stamp to line up each layer with. Then I stamped that layer once in the outline image, and once on white cardstock in each color.

When I finished them all - this is the softer image you get with no outline. I did feel like the penguins needed the eyes and the beak added with a little pen - they looked a bit creepy without that to be honest! So I also added a couple more details to other places on the design, just so the black details were a bit more spread out.

Once they were all done, I stamped a sentiment from the set in the little opening in the image, and then created a white frame using Stitched Rectangles die, and popping that up with foam over them. I also added some Pinkfresh Glitter drops in coordinating colors to embellish. Here is a closer look at each color combo, both with and without the stamped outline:

First up, this Cantaloupe, Cheeky, Surf, and Pucker, along with Aqua Glitter Drops.

This color combo used Grapefruit, Guava, Lemonade, and Spring, paired up with Leaf Glitter Drops.

Next up, we have Marine, Sprout, Sunbeam, and Cadette, together with Lagoon Glitter Drops.

And finally, this one uses Twilight, Sherbet, Pearfection, and Sweets, paired up with Amethyst Glitter Drops.

I really can't decide which style I like better - with or without the stamped outline, or which color combo is my favorite! Although, the coral, pink, and aqua tones at the front may just be my favorite if I had to choose!

I love how quick and easy it was to create all these cards with this fun stamp set as well!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Florals Frames and Stripes - Pinkfresh Studio YouTube Live

 Good morning! I'm stopping by today to share a card I created for Pinkfresh Studio's YouTube Live  yesterday. I used some of the newest release, and was inspired by several different crafters that I love! And, as I sometimes do, I took some of the leftovers from this card to create another card - if you scroll down, I share details for that later in this post! You can watch the video replay HERE if you want to see more details and watch this card come together.

Here is the replay of the live video if you'd like to watch it here:

This card was partly inspired by Laura Bassen, party by Channin Pelletier, and partly by Lea Lawson - I love getting ideas from different crafters, and then making them my own!

I used the new Floral Outline Frame die for this card, and I shared a fun trick for die cutting intricate dies, and bonus, it recycles extra bubble mailers that you may get frequently! I trimmed the design in half creatively so I could use it on a slimline card design for a totally different look.

I used the prviously released Essentials: Slim Stripes die to cut lots of white cardstock strips, then used my ink cubes to apply color directly onto them. I basically created my own custom colors of cardstock! I then layered them diagonally in rainbow order, alternating between sizes and lighter or darker shades. I used a base of cream cardstock cut from the largest Slim Stitched Rectangles die. Once I had them all in place, I trimmed off the extra, and adhered the floral frame in place over the top.

Sentiment was created by hot foiling a panel of Silver foil using the Solid Hot Foil plate, and then die cutting the sentiment included in the Floral Outline Frame die from it. You could also use whatever metallic cardstock you already have. I layered it up a couple extra times from white cardstock, and then added a shadow vellum layer underneath. Finished off with a row of Jewels in rainbow color order! I love how this came out - so out of my usual norm, but so fun!

And then...I couldn't waste the things I made and didn't use, right? I made this second card quickly and easily after the live - and I can't decide which one I like better!

For this card, I used the pink, purple, and coral reef strips leftover from the last card. I created an A2 card this time, and turned it to a portrait style instead of landscape.

I did it all on a panel of white cardstock, and layered over the Floral Outline frame that I had die cut in advance to test out and confirm worked well with the bubble wrap trick. Then I trimmed a bit off all 4 sides to create a perfect size panel to mount on my cardbase. This cut off a bit of the floral frame, but was such a fun effect!

I added some coordinating jewels in a row on these as well, alternating the color with whatever color was dominate on the side I placed them. So on the pink side, I used a larger purple, and on the purple side I used a larger pink. Then added some clear to round out the trio.

I added the foiled sentiment that I planned to add on the first card - but I ended up not loving it paired with the other sentiment. No worries though - it worked PERFECTLY for this card! Mounted that with foam adhesive too of course.

So a simple bonus card, and I didn't waste those extra pieces, or set them aside and forget about them. Win-win!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Always a Reason to Celebrate - Pinkfresh Studio Instagram Release Hop

Hello! Today I am part of a fun Instagram hop to celebrate the new Pinkfresh Studio release. There are giveaways up for grabs, so hop on over to check that out if you haven't yet! I have had so much fun creating with this release - yesterday was the blog hop, and I shared several cards for that! Today I'm sharing a card I created on last week's YouTube Live with Lea Lawson as a sneak peek. We used the same products in different ways to create two completely different cards. It was so fun! You can watch that video HERE if you want to see more details!

I also have added the video here if you want to watch here:

I had fun mixing and blending pinks and purples for the leaves, and aquas and blues for the greenery. Then stamped over the top with Stargazer ink, instead of Detail black. It just gives it a fun look!

I did the scary thing, and cut those florals in half! It is always worth it, but I know it can be hard!

I used the Stitched Diamonds coverplate to create a pattern on my cardbase, and then added a soft vellum shadow layer using just the outline die from the new Spiral Circles die. This just softened the background a bit behind the florals, and provided a focal point for the card.

I mounted the florals on each side of the card with foam adhesive, staggering them slightly. Isn't it pretty how it changes the whole effect of the florals?!?

I stamped the large sentiment from the kit in Bubble Gum ink, die cut with the coordinating die, and then layered a couple additional die cuts up to add dimension and sturdiness. I stamped a secondary sentiment in Stargazer ink, then hand trimmed it into a small banner shape.

Finished off with a few Iridescent Clear Drops for a bit of extra sparkle!

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Pinkfresh Studio January 2023 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

 Good morning! Today is the blog hop to celebrate Pinkfresh Studio's January 2023 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release! You aren't going to want to miss a stop along the way - TONS of inspiration and prizes up for grabs! YAY! You can find links to all of the new release items I used on today's cards at the bottom of this post!

Despite not getting my release until getting back from vacation, and only having a couple days to work on them, I still managed to create a few cards to share today! I would have loved to do more with this amazing release - but those will probably still happen later!

First up, I have this slimline card featuring lots of the new release! I almost don't know where to start, since all the elements are fairly prominent, and all work together so well. But, let's start with the Inky Bouquet set...

That beautiful floral arrangement was created with the stamps, dies, and coordinating layering stencils. I did a super soft color palette for the florals, trying to give the illusion of white or cream flowers. I used Misty Coast and Rocky Slope for some of the flowers, and Lemon Whip and Sunshine for the others - but applied VERY soft and light. Just a hint of color really!

I used Blue Jay for both layers of the vase, just blending it deeper for the second layer. Then Olive and Evergreen for the leaves - a favorite color combo on those. I die cut with the coordinating die, and also die cut some of the greenery from Garden Wreath from white cardstock to tuck around for extra dimension and fullness on the bouquet.

The sentiment is from the new Wonderful Sentiments hot foil set. While we have lots of one piece options at Pinkfresh, this set is designed to be individual pieces, just to give another option. The great thing is that you can foil just the sentiments you need, or foil them directly onto your card panels or bases if you wish. I foiled this in Silver foil, then die cut with the coordinating dies.

For the backdrop, I die cut the largest Slim Ornate Banner two times - once from white cardstock, and once from Cream cardstock. I used the center die from the new Spiral Circle die set to cut some detailed windows into the white piece, so it adds some interest and detail, and allows that cream cardstock to peek through.

Finished off with some Peach Fuzz jewels in the centers of some of the flowers, and a few Sapphire jewels around to embellish.

The next two cards both feature the new Today is Special set.

For this first version, I heat embossed the image from the stamp set, and then added color with the coordinating layering stencils. 

I used some of my favorite colors on this one too! Coral Reef, Peach Fuzz, Passion Fruit, Berrylicious, Mint, Ocean Breeze, and Aquamarine. 

I used the Nested Hexagons and one of the Satin Foils to create a hot foiled and die cut frame to anchor the card, mounting it with foam on a soft peach cardbase to coordinate.

I layered the florals in place, trimming off the excess that went off the edges of the card. I was careful with my arrangement, so there was only a tiny bit to trim off actually.

And I didn't even waste the pieces that I cut off that had anything left - I tucked those under the top part of the frame! Love when I can use those extra pieces and truly have no waste!

I die cut the sentiment a couple extra times from white cardstock to layer behind the heat embossed version - these sentiments are so dainty, it was the perfect way to get dimension without trying to get tiny slivers of foam adhesive. A few Gold Glitter Drops finish this card off!

The next card uses the EXACT same colors of ink, but without the coordinating stamp set. And I paired it with cool silvers for this card, which gives it an entirely different look!

I love that while the Floral Lace die is fabulous for die cutting, and it also has a coordinating Hot Foil plate, you can also hot foil the die for a more dainty background effect. So fun! I did that in silver to create this background.

I trimmed the panel down with one of the Nested Rectangles dies - this gave me a nice finished edge, and allowed me to perfectly center where I wanted the background design. You could also trim the panel down, I just found this easier for me!

For the sentiment, I actually used the reverse foiled image using the leftover foil and the Solid Hot Foil plate from that first card, and using Wonderful Sentiments. It just popped better on this card with all the white space than a normal foiled version. It is in silver foil like the background, so it coordinates nicely. 

I added a few Metallic Silver Pearls to embellish and finish this card off!

And finally - I had to create a card using the stencils and dies for Floral Lace as intended!

I used super soft colors for the daisies - Coral Reef, Peach Fuzz, and Lemon Whip. Then I layered the die cut version in white over the top.

Sentiment is another one from the Wonderful Sentiments, hot foiled again in silver (seemed to be what I was using this time around mostly!). I popped that up with foam off the background.

Then, as I was deciding where to place my Silver Pearls, I realized it made a pretty pattern if I put one in the center of each of the flowers! 

So...I went a bit crazy and layered them on, except on the ones behind the sentiment, obviously!

Sigh...I just love a good foiled sentiment. Or a good foiled anything really!

Mounted that entire panel on a coordinating pink cardbase to help those daisies just pop a bit extra!


Make sure and leave a comment before you leave for a chance to win one of 10 $25 gift certificate to Pinkfresh Studio chosen from comments left across the hop! All winners will be chosen and posted on the Pinkfresh Blog on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - so make sure and check back to see if you were a winner! Winners must check that page and claim their prize within 2 weeks.

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